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Volunteer Opportunities

Fit-2-Serve is almost completely volunteer-based. We could not do what we do without our volunteers! We value & appreciate each person who spends their time serving the community with us. 

Our mission is to equip others for works of service. We do this by offering plenty of volunteer opportunities through our Community Bridges programming. 

To become a volunteer please fill out the questionnaire below!

Become a Volunteer

Interested in volunteering? Fill out the questionnaire below to get started! 

Questionnaire

Have questions? Contact us!

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1320 LAFAYETTE AVENUE
MATTOON, IL
US

217-235-3839 [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

What do CB volunteers do?

Those who volunteer for one of our Community Bridges programs, typically volunteer to lead a group of 3-8 students in an activity. This can include making a craft, playing a game, planting a seed, following a recipe, etc.

We ask that volunteers arrive 15 minutes before the program begins so we can go over the activity together to ensure the volunteer is confident & equipped to lead said activity.

Are there requirements for becoming a volunteer?

Most of our volunteers are members of the community, parents, retired teachers, or college students. Volunteers are provided instruction to lead and facilitate a station prior to arrival. There are no special requirements for our volunteers, who assist us at our facilities, but we may ask a few questions to ensure we are a good match for one another! For programs held in the classrooms, a background check is required. 

Can I do my internship at Fit-2-Serve?

We have provided internship opportunities to several students over the past years. However, it must be approved by your instructor, and you would be asked to meet and interview with the Fit-2-Serve team to determine if it would be a good fit for all parties.

Are there any open positions?

Currently, Fit-2-Serve partners with AmeriCorps to host VISTA positions. We have full-time positions available as well as 8-10 week Summer VISTA positions available.

Click here for more information on AmeriCorps VISTA positions. 

How else can I get involved besides volunteering for a CB program?

There are other ways of getting involved besides volunteering for the Community Bridges programming. If a volunteer would prefer behind-the-scenes work, most of our programs require prep work (cutting for craft activities, kitchen prep for Farm-2-Table, etc.).

If you enjoy reading, volunteer to read a story! Each month we go into the classrooms of the students in our Farm-2-Table program and read a story. We do this almost every Monday.

During garden season, F2S depends on volunteers to maintain our gardens. If you enjoy being outdoors, this would be a perfect opportunity to 'give back' to the community!

Volunteer Testimonials 

I began serving with F2T initially because there was a need for volunteers & I had availability in my schedule, but I initially had no idea what I had volunteered for! I was very impressed with the F2T program from the beginning. I was especially impressed with the format. As a former teacher, I enjoy the opportunity to engage with students. I appreciated the ability to interact with the students in a smaller group setting (most classes were divided into groups of 4-6 students) for small bursts of time. This format allowed for more interaction with students individually, but in a time frame that held their attention, which maximized the quality of that time. It was amazing to see the difference in students from beginning to end - the amount of knowledge they garnered in a short time was amazing. Students also had the opportunity for self-discovery of food likes/dislikes & being exposed to new foods & methods of preparation that aren't usually encountered in the average American home. Students in the F2T program get a hands-on opportunity to better themselves & their families through nutrition education & awareness that is unique & rare - it is no surprise that most teachers in the school district want their students to participate!

Glenda

Farm-2-Table 

I can't say how much I've loved being a part of Farm-2-Table & having the opportunity to help our local children learn and grow. It's very rewarding to watch the kids take in new information & know I helped make that happen. This program, along with all other Fit-2-Serve programs for local youth, truly make a difference in our community & benefit all children (& volunteers!) who take part in them! They encourage children to be active learners & truly understand the material.

Volunteering with Fit-2-Serve is an experience I wouldn't trade for the world.

Brook

Farm-2-Table

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  • Monday - Friday

    10:00am – 04:00pm

  • Saturday - Sunday

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